From Watershed to Field: Improving Resource Use Efficiency for Food Security

Seminar at the World Water Week Stockholm // From Watershed to Field: Improving Resource Use Efficiency for Food Security

The objective of the seminar is to share best practices and lessons learnt, while inviting the participants to actively contribute their ideas and experiences. The expected output is a better understanding of the multidimensional factors influencing efficient water use in agriculture. Organised by GIZ.

At the water-food security-climate change nexus, efficient use of natural resources is key to the resilience of livelihoods and ecosystems. From Latin America and West Africa, the seminar presents experiences in water harvesting and irrigation.

How coordinated measures from watershed to field can make a difference will be discussed following specific examples. As a first step, the concept of water use efficiency and resource optimisation will be presented from a watershed, field and farming system perspective. The following panel discussion will depart from the policy level by focusing on watershed management and irrigation within the national strategies of Bolivia and Burkina Faso. As a second step, on-the ground experiences from German and Swedish development cooperation will illustrate the impact of improved water management, water harvesting and adapted irrigation on food security, poverty reduction and resilience to climate change.

Where and When

26.08.2012, 14-17.30


Chair: Mr. Albert Engel, GIZ, Germany

Moderator: Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI, Sweden

14:00 Opening and Welcome.

Ms. Mari Albihn, Sida, Sweden

Part I: Setting the Scene

14:10 Water Use Efficiency on Field and Watershed Level and Objectives of Farmers and Agricultural Sector.

Dr. Francois Molle, IRD/IWMI

14:25 Panel Discussion: Two Statements from Bolivia and Burkina Faso about National Strategies of Watershed Management and Irrigation and their Role for Food Security.

-Mr. Luís Salazar - Director of the Watershed Service of the Government of the Department of Cochabamba

-Dr. Laurent SEDEGO, Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulics and Water Resources, Burkina Faso

-Dr. Francois Molle, IRD/IWMI

15:05 Introduction to Country Specific Case Studies from Bolivia and Burkina Faso

Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI

-From Surface to Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation, a Technological Shift in Small Scale Farming Systems - Practical Experiences from Bolivia and Ecuador.

Mr. Paul Hoogendam, KfW and CES, Bolivia

-Small Farmer Self-administrated Irrigation.

Mr. Humberto Gandarillas, GIZ, Bolivia

-Water Harvesting in the Sahelian Zone of Burkina Faso: Increasing Yield in Low Potential Areas.

Dr. Dieter Nill, GIZ, Germany

-Building Resilience through Small Reservoirs and Associated Irrigation Systems to Secure Food Production in Burkina Faso.

Mr. Albert Compaore, Sida

15:45 Coffee Break

Part II: Discussion of Case Studies and Experience Exchange

16:15 Working groups based on Country Specific Case Studies.

-Technological Shift: Mr. Paul Hoogendam, KfW and CES, Bolivia with Dr. Jürgen Fechter, KfW (rapporteur)

-Self-administrated Irrigation: Mr. Humberto Gandarillas, GIZ Bolivia and Ms. Jutta Schmitz, GIZ Germany (rapporteur)

-Water Harvesting: Dr. Dieter Nill, GIZ, Germany and Dr. Elisabeth van den Akker, GIZ, Germany (rapporteur)

-Resilience and Food Security: Mr. Albert Compaore, Sida and Ms. Elisabeth Folkunger/Ms. Zarah Ayadi, Sida (rapporteur)

17:00 Wrap-up of Results.

Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI, with rapporteurs

17:20 Way forward.

Dr. Stefan Schmitz, BMZ Germany

17:30 Close of Seminar

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